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Rutherford County

Background Information

Employment History

Bradley Academy Museum

Graduate Student
Middle Tennessee State University

Adjunct Professor
Middle Tennessee State University

Director of Rutherford County Archives and Member of the Archivists
Society of Tennessee



Sam Davis Home


Graduate of the Historic Preservation Program

Middle Tennessee State University

Web References (23 Total References)

Rutherford County Historical Society Publications

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Rutherford County's Archivist John Lodl pushed through the underbrush on a warm winter's morning to discover a long-lost gravestone staring back at him slightly cock eyed.

Director John Lodl sat down with The Daily News Journal to talk about the facility's mission and projects since it opened three and a half years ago. (please click here to continue)

The Daily News Journal - www.dnj.com -

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John Lodl, former director of the Bradley Academy Museum and current director of the Sam Davis Home, has been named the first full-time Rutherford County archivist.

"I'm very excited to take the position," said Lodl."I'm looking forward to it."
Lodl, 32, a Davidson County native, arrived in Rutherford in 1994.He ran the archives from 2000-02 as a graduate student at MTSU.
After that he served eight months as senior archivist for the state archives of Georgia in Atlanta, before returning to Murfreesboro to become director of Bradley Academy Museum.He also did investigative work in Nashville for a year before he became director of the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna.
"I have a graduate degree in public history from MTSU," he said.
"We also have old records crammed into every county office and just about every basement on the (Public) Square, so we have to get a lot of old records out of these inadequate storage spaces and into the new archives building," Lodl said.
Local historic preservationists such as Pruitt and Barbara Daniel, members of the County Records Commission that hired Lodl, lobbied for several years for a better location.

Tennessee Association of Museums News

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The Sam Davis Home is Smyrna, TN has hired John Lodl as their new Executive Director. Lodl is a graduate of the Historic Preservation Program at MTSU and he is also an adjunct professor at MTSU.

John Lodl, director of ...

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John Lodl, director of Rutherford County Archives and member of the Society of Tennessee Archivists, contributed an essay on the founding of the Middle Tennessee State Normal School in 1911 in a soon-to-be published book marking the Centennial anniversary of my alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University.

They were required to carry proof ...

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They were required to carry proof of their free status at all times, and they had to produce their papers to anyone who asked, Rutherford County Archivist John Lodl explained.

"It is somewhat odd that his sons and daughters did not seek the proper court documents for their freed status until 1861," Lodl said. "But if you think about it, everyone in the local community knew who they were so they did not have much trouble until the Civil War conflict loomed.
"They may have also considered relocating as the war approached, which would definitely require proper identification as a free person of color," he added.
According to Lodl, Carl Bryant is currently writing a book on his famous ancestor, which will ensure Bryant's place in history and provide further insight for those who truly wish to understand this aspect of American history.

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